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3. Ameer Abdullah- Running Back- Nebraska
Size: 5’9 195lbs
2011 Stats: 42 carries 150 yards 3 TDs
2012 Stats: 226 carries 1,137 yards 8 TDs
2013 Stats: 281 carries 1,690 yards 9 TDs
2014 Stats: 264 carries 1,611 19 TDs

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Strengths:

  • Patience- follows blocks
  • North/South runner
  • Deceptive speed
  • Great hands- hasn’t dropped a pass in 2 years
  • Breaks through arm tackles
  • Very intelligent
  • High character
  • Good returner

Analysis: Abdullah is a gifted athlete that could be more impressive off the field than he is on.  Ameer is the lone person in his family who did not become a doctor or a lawyer, but he definitely chose the right profession–he can play on Sunday’s.  Very reliable hands, Abdullah is dangerous in the passing game (101 receiving yards en route to the Senior Bowl MVP) as well as a patient runner who hits running lanes with an impressive burst.  Abdullah might not be the fastest, most powerful, or even the best back in the draft class, but his football IQ will make any team that drafts him very happy.

Need to Improve:

  • Lacks ideal size
  • Route running
  • Pass protection
  • Ball security- 17 fumbles in college, 13 lost
  • Small hands- one of the reason he has fumbling issues

Analysis: While Abdullah will surely impress scouts in the interview process, his consistent fumbling issues will help those same scouts stay away.  Under 200 pounds, Abdullah’s frame is concerning–not only for the giveaways but durability concerns as well.  Add in QB protection issues, and that puts Ameer as a day two or day three prospect.

Round Prediction: 2-3

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